Type: Trad, 6 pitches, Grade III
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Bill Wright on May 19, 2002 with improvements by Joe Castellano
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: 2018 Raptor Closure Lifted Details
Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details

NOT subject to raptor closures

Per Tom Wilson: this route is not subject to seasonal bird closures. Eds. this is a clarification due to the limitations from the website.

Description

Head up Skunk Canyon to the base of this ridge (the second ridge) and start climbing up the bottom of the slab heading toward a big roof. The crux is moving left underneath this roof. Once around the roof continue up easy ground 4th class and some 3rd class. Further up you'll actually step off the rock completely as you come upon a deep cleft. Now step out to the right onto the east face of a pinnacle known as Like Heaven. Climb up to the notch just north of this pinnacle on typically great rock.

An extra credit ascent can be done by hand traversing out to the summit of Like Heaven. This traverse must be reversed back to the notch.

Continue up the ridge to the summit. Some might find the downclimb to the ground the crux of the climb. Downclimb to the east from slightly north of the summit. This is a steep slab with some tricky moves on mossy rock.

From the ground you can descend south along the base of the east face of Stairway to Heaven back to the base. This involves some 3rd class scrambling.

See Gerry Roach's classic and out of print "Flatiron Classics" guidebook. Gerry lists this as one of his Top Ten Flatiron routes. Despite its discontinuous nature this climb is on excellent rock with great positions and fun moves. And there is lots of it - this climb is almost a thousand feet long.

Protection

Like many Flatiron scrambles, there will probably be large runouts, but on this route the terrain seems easy most of the way. A typical Flatiron rack is sufficient: light rack of stoppers, and cams through a #2 Camalot.

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